- a badge or distinguishing mark of office or honor: a military insignia.
- a distinguishing mark or sign of anything: an insignia of mourning.
Origin of insignia
Insignia, originally the plural of Latin insigne, began to be used as a singular in the 18th century, and the plural insignias appeared shortly thereafter. All uses— insignia as a singular or plural and insignias as a plural—are fully standard. The singular insigne still occurs, but insignia is more common.
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Examples from the Web for insignia
U.S. defense officials told The Daily Beast the photos of the Russian insignia first shared on blogs were legitimate.Syrian Rebels Seize Russian Spy Station Near Israeli Border
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
October 7, 2014
A fourth soldier was too far away for his insignia to be seen.Pro-Russian Rebels Brag Kiev Is Next
September 2, 2014
Pat Roberts' car bears the insignia of a Chrysler dealership in Maryland.There's No Place Like Home For Kansas Senator Pat Roberts
May 12, 2014
The Pahonia, emblem of the Belarusian nation drawn from the insignia of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is banned under Lukashenko.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
Funny thing is, there is very little difference between the Insignia and the regular Cabernet.The Great Cabernet Ripoff
July 14, 2009
The soldier looked hard at the insignia of my rank as captain.City of Endless Night
Most of them waved to the ship with the United States insignia.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He slipped into it and tightened the buckles, then put on his cap with the captain's insignia.Decision
Frank M. Robinson
Wear as your insignia the yellow star of his House, and prepare for war!
He ought to know about our army and navy flags and the insignia of rank of our officers.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- a badge or emblem of membership, office, or dignity
- a distinguishing sign or mark
Also called (rare): insigne (ɪnˈsɪɡniː)
C17: from Latin: marks, badges, from insignis distinguished by a mark, prominent, from in- ² + signum mark
Word Origin and History for insignia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper